|Publication number||US7527511 B1|
|Application number||US 12/118,128|
|Publication date||May 5, 2009|
|Filing date||May 9, 2008|
|Priority date||May 9, 2008|
|Publication number||118128, 12118128, US 7527511 B1, US 7527511B1, US-B1-7527511, US7527511 B1, US7527511B1|
|Inventors||Yung-Chi Peng, Ning-lang Cheng|
|Original Assignee||Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (18), Referenced by (4), Classifications (7), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention generally relates to a connector, and more particularly to a flexible printed circuit board connector (also known as FPC connector).
2. The Related Art
In electronic industry, flexible printed circuit boards are widely applied in many kinds of electronic devices due to their high flexibility and thin structure. Accordingly, connectors for connecting the flexible printed circuit boards to other electrical components of the electronic devices are mass-employed.
Conventionally, an example of a flexible printed circuit board connector usually called a FPC connector for short and disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 7,112,079 includes an insulating housing formed with a FPC inserting space, a plurality of terminals loaded in parallel relationship with a predetermined pitch between every two of the adjacent terminals in the insulating housing, and an upper cover disposed above the FPC inserting space of the insulating housing and capable of moving between an open position for allowing insertion of a flexible printed circuit board into the insulating housing and a closed position where the upper cover presses the flexible printed circuit board against conductive contacts of the terminals. However, in order to match the property request of some compact electronic device, the number of the terminals of the FPC connector needs to be increased correspondingly. On condition that the pitch between every two of the adjacent terminals that are mounted in the insulating housing maintains unchangeable, the length of the FPC connector will inevitably become too long to be adapted for the compact electronic device. Hence, an improved FPC connector is required to overcome the disadvantage of the conventional FPC connector.
Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide a flexible printed circuit board connector with an improved structure adapted for a compact electronic device. The flexible printed circuit board connector includes an insulating housing defining two insertion spaces which are opposite to each other and separated by a partition therebetween, and two groups of terminal slots defined by and corresponding to the respective insertion spaces. A pair of covers engages in a rotatable manner with the insulating housing for covering the respective insertion spaces, and two groups of terminals are respectively disposed in the two groups of terminal slots of the insulating housing.
As described above, the advanced flexible printed circuit board connector has the two opposite insertion spaces for two flexible printed circuit boards being inserted in. The flexible printed circuit board connector not only satisfies the property request of the compact electronic device but also reduces the length thereof.
The present invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art by reading the following description of a preferred embodiment thereof, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
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In use, the two flexible printed circuit boards 50 are respectively inserted in the FPC connector 100 from the front and rear directions and disposed between the upper arms 31 and the lower arms 32 of the terminals 30. The rotating covers 20 are flipped down with the buckling blocks 29 of the rotating covers 20 inserted in the receiving gaps 124 of the insulating housing 10 for tightly locking the rotating covers 20 to the insulating housing 10. The upper contact portions 311 and the lower contact portions 321 respectively defined on the upper arms 31 and the lower arms 32 are capable of contacting electric modules of the two flexible printed circuit boards 50, which avoids the flexible printed circuit boards 50 from being inserted in the FPC connector 100 in a wrong way and at the same time the upper contact portions 311 and the lower contact portions 321 clip the flexible printed circuit boards 50, which ensures that the flexible printed circuit boards 50 are disposed between the upper arms 31 and the lower arms 32 much more steadily. Thus, signal transmission between the flexible printed circuit boards 50 and the PCB of the electrical device is stable.
As described above, the advanced FPC connector 100 has the two opposite insertion spaces in which the two flexible printed circuit boards 50 are inserted from the front and rear directions. The FPC connector 100 not only satisfies the property request of the electrical device but also reduces the length thereof, so that the advanced FPC connector 100 is adapted for a compact electrical device.
The foregoing description of the present invention has been presented for purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed, and obviously many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. Such modifications and variations that may be apparent to those skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of this invention as defined by the accompanying claims.
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|U.S. Classification||439/260, 439/495|
|Cooperative Classification||H01R12/88, H01R12/78, H01R12/774|
|May 9, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:PENG, YUNG-CHI;CHENG, NING-LANG;REEL/FRAME:020926/0805
Effective date: 20080508
|Oct 23, 2012||FPAY||Fee payment|
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